Emergency Dentist West Kelowna

What is considered a dental emergency?

Any type of dental pain or issue that’s keeping you from your normal daily activities (such as going to work or school or being able to eat) is a dental emergency.

Common dental emergencies include knocked-out teeth, broken or chipped teeth, abscesses, toothaches, and broken fillings. When in doubt, it’s best to call us in advance if you need same-day care and we will assess if it's something that needs to be dealt with immediately. 

Sometimes dental emergencies are cosmetic in nature, such as a broken front tooth or having a crown/filling fall off, leaving a visible void when you smile. Even if you’re not in pain, the situation can impact your day-to-day lifestyle and you need to seek emergency care.

If you’re experiencing swelling around your tooth but you’re not in pain, it’s still important to have your tooth evaluated before the infection has an opportunity to spread elsewhere. In rare circumstances, swelling can even spread further into your face, resulting in a medical emergency. When you see Dr. Palmer in Kelowna, she'll provide you with viable options to treat the situation at hand.

Dr. Shauna Palmer believes that dental emergencies should be handled with care, commitment and effective treatment

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What do I do for an after-hours dental emergency?

Any dental emergency that happens outside of our normal business hours still requires professional attention. If you’re a patient of record, we ask you to contact our office and follow the message prompts. Be sure to leave a detailed message regarding your dental emergency. If you’re experiencing severe bleeding or a possible broken jaw, you should go straight to the emergency room.


Can you go to the dentist without insurance?

Yes. Even if you don’t have dental insurance, it can be worth the minimal investment to pay for preventative care services like checkups and cleanings on a routine basis. With ongoing exams and prevention-based strategies, you can limit the risk of developing treatments that require a bigger investment to address.

At Health and Beauty Dentistry, we will file your insurance on your behalf, to help you access the coverage you’re entitled to. That way if you have a sudden toothache or dental emergency that needs treatment the same day, you don’t have to delay your care.

A common misconception about the cost of emergency dental treatment is that if the tooth doesn’t hurt, you can put the procedure off. Unfortunately, delaying necessary treatment can lead to compounded issues and additional treatment needs. So instead of only needing a small filling, that cavity has now evolved into an abscessed tooth that requires a root canal or extraction. It’s always less expensive to correct dental issues earlier on.

Can I go to the hospital for a dental emergency?

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The only times you would want to go to the hospital or emergency room for a dental issue is if you have a suspected broken jaw, facial fractures, uncontrollable bleeding, or facial swelling. Common dental emergencies like broken and knocked out teeth should be addressed by a dentist.

If you’re in severe pain and can’t get in touch with a dental provider, your physician or an emergency room can provide you with temporary pain relief. However, any medication (such as antibiotics or pain reliever) will not address the long-term effects of the situation. The key is to get you out of pain as quickly as possible until you can see a dentist.

The best thing to do if you have a dental emergency is to call our Kelowna dentist’s office and have us walk you through what to do next. In rare situations surrounding serious injuries, we may direct you to proceed to the emergency room. Otherwise, it’s best to visit our Kelowna Dental Office the same day for immediate care.

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